Possessives: reciprocal pronouns

Level: intermediate

When two or more people do the same thing, we can use the possessive forms of the reciprocal pronouns each other’s and one another’s:

They helped to look after each other’s children.

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Submitted by Sophy on Fri, 23/02/2018 - 20:44

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Hi Peter! I have a question for you. In exercise n° 1 about possessive : reciprocal pronouns I believe my answer was correct, however, the system informs me that I am wrong. Coul you help me?

Hello Sophy,

Did you press the Show Answers button (which appears after you press Finish) to see the difference between your answer and the system's answer? If you still don't understand what's wrong after that, please tell us what you think the correct answer is.

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Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Tomoaki Hachiya on Thu, 01/02/2018 - 06:57

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As for possesive form, if you put an apostrophe to make possesive form, you cannot differentiate a single and plural, e.g. I will follow my teacher's plan. I will follow my teachers' plan. The pronunciations of above two sentences are exactly the same, aren't they? Then you cannot have get the information if the teacher is an only one teacher or two or more teachers, right? Maybe, it can't be helped anyway. Please let me know your advice.

Hello Tomoaki Hachiya,

You are correct. The pronunciation of these forms is identical and so only the context tells us if the speaker is referring to one or to more than one teacher.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

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Excuse me! As the above sentences given, I'm afraid I'm wrong with the plural noun after singular possessive and singular noun after plural possessive. So are these sentences correct? If they are correct, can you identify them? Thank you. 1. I will follow my teacher's plan. 2. I will follow my teacher's plans. 3. I will follow my teachers' plan. 4. I will follow my teachers' plans.

Hi Kunthea,

All the sentences are correct! But they mean different things.

  1. one teacher, one plan
  2. one teacher, many plans
  3. many teachers, one plan
  4. many teachers, many plans

Does that make sense?

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Agnes Nguyen on Sat, 31/12/2016 - 15:24

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Hi there, Is this the proper way to use two possessive nouns in a sentence? E.g I am going over to Lauren's parents' house this evening. Many thanks!

Submitted by Peter M. on Sun, 01/01/2017 - 09:34

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Hi Agnes Nguyen,

You can use two possessive forms in the same sentence. Your example is a good one and it is correct.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter, Can I combine preposition and colon to make possessive forms of noun phrase? E.g The master plan of TSN airport' expansion schem. Many thanks!

Submitted by Peter M. on Fri, 06/01/2017 - 08:40

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Hi Agnes Nguyen,

I'm not quite sure what you mean here. There is no colon in the sentence you give. Are you sure you have written it correctly?

 

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Peter

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So sorry as I mistyped. The correct is follow. E.g The master plan of TSN airport's expansion scheme. Many thanks!

Hello Agnes Nguyen,

There is still no colon in that sentence! The colon is this symbol

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I think what you mean is an apostrophe (') and it is possible to use a possessive form with an apostrophe and possession shown with 'of' in the same sentence. Whether or not it is good style will depend upon the context in which it is used.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

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Thank you very much indeed as I was on the level about apostrophe (')! Yes is it good style for journal style? Many thanks!

Hello Agnes Nguyen,

It can be good style, but it would depend on the particular use and context.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by taj25 on Mon, 28/11/2016 - 08:31

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hi peter how can i connect correct sentence like (n+v+c). i don't know how to use it.

Hello taj25,

I'm not completely sure I understand what you mean, but 'n' could be a noun phrase, 'v' a verb phrase and 'c' a complement. There are many sentences that fit this pattern, e.g. a sentence with a link verb like 'She looked happy'.

Is that what you mean?

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by taj25 on Wed, 23/11/2016 - 11:04

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hai let u know , where it use 'has" and have. i always confuse about that. pls clarify

Submitted by Peter M. on Thu, 24/11/2016 - 06:37

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Hello taj25,

We use 'has' when the subject is the third person and is singular (he/she/it). We use have for other forms (I/you/we/they).

I have a house.

You have a house.

We have a house.

They have a house.

He has a house.

She has a house.

The company has a house.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi peter i am worrying about "as soon as" what does that mean. why we using "as as". i don't know how to use it. if u have any lesson let me know. thanks

Hello taj25,

You can find a definition and examples of 'as soon as' in the dictionary (scroll down the page), and more information on how to use it on our verbs in time clauses page (it's similar to 'when').

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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To put your picture, press on the words My account at the very top of this webpage. You should then see some information about your account and a small tab at the top that called Edit. If you press on that, you'll come to a page where there is a section where you can upload a picture.

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Submitted by aisha 6 on Wed, 16/07/2014 - 09:46

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how i can put them in sentence

Hello aisha 6,

If you click on the link above (or here) then you will see how to use reciprocal pronouns in sentences, with explanations and examples to help clarify them.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by alneiraster on Fri, 25/01/2013 - 15:51

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Hello, 

I want to know if "whose" could be a reciprocal pronoun?

Thanks

Submitted by umm-e-aimen on Fri, 10/08/2012 - 19:56

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Reciprocal pronouns sound confusing

Submitted by Inas Nur Atika on Sun, 05/08/2012 - 17:28

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Hi friends

I'm still confused with possessives : reciprocal pronouns because there isn't any further explanation.Does anyone can give me some example on how to use it ?

thank you :)

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